Be Organized Now
Helping you straighten up...and fly light!
How did I get into this mess anyway?!
There are many possible causes, including:
* Competing priorities, i.e., trying to do too many things; failure to establish/identify clear purposes for your current stage of life and, therefore, (often) holding on to clutter that doesn't truly reflect or support your real current needs, goals, desires, and/or activities
* Genuine lack of storage space (not very likely in the average home, but possible; it's also possible that the existing storage is poorly designed) (for closet redesign ideas)
* Lack of organizing skills (e.g., grew up in a disorganized environment and have tendencies toward disorganization yourself)
* Situational factors (e.g., household move, marriage, divorce, widowhood, new baby, departure / return of grown children or aging parents, disability, illness, change of employment situation, etc.)
* Brain function factors such as ADHD, strong right-brain dominance, processing "glitches"
* Psychological / emotional factors (e.g., subconscious or conscious rebellion against "neat freak" parental figure or other household member or authority figure; childhood trauma, loss, or abuse; fear of the future, of failure, or loss of creative "spark"; identity crisis; perfectionist mindset; unreasonable emotional attachment to possessions, or
* Any combination of the above
Why did you become a professional organizer?
Simply, I love the process and the freedom it brings; to get out from under the clutter, no matter how small the space--a storage box, a drawer, a cupboard, a closet, a whole room...is fun, and FREEING!
How much experience do you have?
I've been doing professional organizing as a business for about 8 years. "Organized" has been my way of managing my self, my time, and my stuff for probably as long as I can remember having stuff to organize; my home spaces and life demonstrate the principles. I have helped friends, family, and clients with basements, assorted closets, household moves, paper control, etc. I have read nearly 70 books on various aspects of organization, clutter control, paper control, time management, and psychological aspects of disorganization.
How does the process work? What should I expect?
I come to your home and work with you (usually in 4- to 8-hour blocks of time), helping you learn how to make decisions about what to keep, where to keep it, and how to organize and store it. The process is very active and can be emotionally demanding as you make so many decisions--not necessarily a negative factor; some very pleasant emotion arises out of a terrific new sense of freedom from the weight of managing so much stuff and gaining some control over it!
Do I need to get rid of everything? What does "organized" look like?
Being organized does not require throwing everything out and living in a spartan, sterile-looking environment (see page 2 of the Gallery for a variety of organizational solutions from various clients/students). It does mean that you have a place for everything and can find it when you need it. However, if you have a hard time finding open spaces on horizontal surfaces, and your closets, cupboards, and drawers are stuffed to the gills, it's almost a 100% guarantee that you're "living beyond your means" in terms of space available. In that case, decluttering will surely require some elimination.
How long does it take?
That depends on several factors:
* Your determination to follow through on both starting / continuing the process and doing your "homework assignments" between sessions
* The amount of clutter buildup, i.e., mild, moderate, major, or "mega"
* Your energy level (physical and emotional)
* Your decision making ability about keeping, eliminating, and storing items
(See page 1 of the Gallery for a sample house--the photos shown there represent about 55 hours of time, one organizer and the home owner working together 1-on-1.)
Can you guarantee this will "work"?
There are a couple of things that are guaranteed:
* I can help you through the initial decluttering / organizing process, demonstrating and helping you learn how to do it.
* I can help you find lasting solutions to a disorganized situation if you feel you are ready and willing to make changes in your approach to your stuff and learn some new skills for managing it. Learning to think more like an organized person is important if you want to get, and stay, organized.
* You are the only one who can bring about permanent change in your situation; i.e., you are the factor guaranteeing that it "works."
* Clutter control, organization, and time management are ongoing lifestyles, not one-time fixes.
Do you offer any classes on home organization, decluttering, how to handle paper clutter, etc.?
Yes, I have offered the following classes in the past through Kennewick School District Adult Community Education. I have discontinued teaching in that venue for the time being; however, I am available to present these classes on a private basis if you have friends, family, clubs, civic and/or church groups that would be interested--host it in a private home, neighborhood or apartment clubhouse, church facility, office conference room, etc. Class fees are per person (pp), with a minimum of 3 people per class.
1-Bag Travel Packing (1.5 hours, $15/pp)
In this 1-hour class learn how to pack for travel more organized and efficiently using just one carry-on bag. You'll avoid extra costs on airplanes for checked baggage, be much less likely to get separated from your possessions, have more room for the really necessary items, and avoid wrestling with your luggage. Class includes a demo using a typical 21" roll-on bag and a 17" rolling tote.
Controlling Paper Clutter (2 hours, $15/pp)
Paper, and a lot of it, is a fact of modern life. But you can, to a large degree, control the quantity of what comes into your home and "tame the beast." Come learn some simple tips and techniques for managing both the junk and the really important stuff. Bring your scary paper stack to class for some hands-on practice of the principles of paper control.
Straighten up and...fly light! (4 hours, $25/pp)
We will explore emotional aspects of cluttering behaviors using some self-evaluation forms, discuss other possible contributing factors, and walk through the practical “how-to” steps to get organized and get control.
Life2Go (1 hour, $10/pp)
What would happen if you were suddenly injured or incapacitated and could not speak for yourself? Would your family or other designated person know important medical information about you? Could someone step in to take care of your important household business? Learn how to compile a file box protecting your most important papers; be prepared in case of serious illness, sudden injury, possible evacuation, etc.
Do you work weekends?
If there is no other option, and then Saturdays only if available.